WaPo Editorial Board: DoJ Should Declare Moratorium On Foreign Same-Sex Spouses
May 16, 2011 10:36 am ET by Equality Matters staff
In an editorial published Sunday, the Washington Post called on Attorney General Eric Holder to place a hold on the deportation of foreign nationals who have entered into same-sex unions with American citizens, stressing the importance of not breaking up “law-abiding families”:
The attorney general has vacated the court decision and asked the Board of Immigration Appeals whether Mr. Dorman’s civil union makes him a “spouse” under New Jersey law and whether, absent DOMA, he would be considered a “spouse” under immigration law. Mr. Holder should erase any confusion by declaring a moratorium on removal of foreign nationals in state-recognized same-sex unions until federal courts determine DOMA’s constitutionality. He should ensure that the government is not focusing on breaking up otherwise law-abiding families.